I am still on orientation with my unit and switched to night shift after working days (I applied for nights, we need the $$). What tips can you give me to make sure I get enough sleep but also spend time with my family? I have a one year old and my husband is military. I swear I am either working or sleeping, and 1/2 the time too tired to even cook especially when I have back to back shifts.... Help!!
Is your husband overseas right now? If not and he is working after you get home from work do you have someone who can watch the baby? I find that making sure someone can watch my 3 year old after I work either in my house or their house helps me get the sleep I need after working a night shift. Also taking a nap before work from like 1-3:30 or 4 is helpful too. If you little one still takes naps then that is a good time to lay down.
If you work a night and have a few days off sleep until like 1 or 2 then get up and you can sleep later that night and be up to be with you one year old the next morning.
Adjusting to nights will take some time. Make sure the house is cool and quiet. Dark too. If you have to put foil on the bedroom windows to keep light out. Run a fan for white noise. I cannot sleep without a fan. Stop drinking caffine during your shift after about 1am. Drink plenty of water. It can be hard to maintain a normal schedule on you day off but it can be done.
For those days you work back to back look up some crock pot recipes. They can cook while you sleep and be ready for dinner when you get up. It is an option I am looking into myself. Meal planning helps too. My husband helps out tons with cooking.
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